SY0-501 Security+ Beta Questions

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Do you know about the SY0-501 Security+ beta questions that are appearing in the SY0-401 Security+ exam?

Lately, many people have reported seeing questions that were completely unfamiliar to them. For example, they report seeing many questions about Linux command line tools. Often, the materials they studied didn’t cover the content, which has them a little confused.

Worse, they sometimes see so many of these questions that they start to think they’ll fail the exam.

Security+ Beta Questions Not Graded

CompTIA uses Security+ beta questions for testing. If everyone gets the question correct, the question is too easy. If everyone gets the question incorrect, the question is too difficult. They determine a question is valid using some predetermined metric between these two extremes.

The good news is that beta questions aren’t graded. The bad news is that you do not know what questions are beta questions so you have to answer each question as if it’s a valid question.

CompTIA has been adding these questions as beta questions on the current version of the SY0-401 exam to test questions for the SY0-501 exam.

That’s right, you’ll see 501 questions on the 401 exam. In other words, these are questions based of the 501 objectives that are not covered by the 401 objectives. They did the same thing when testing questions for the SY0-401 exam while the SY0-301 exam was live.

Almost all test vendors test questions this way so it isn’t anything new. However, it can be a little disconcerting when you see five or more questions that look completely foreign to you.

CompTIA Security+ Study Guide

The 501 Version of the Study Guide

The CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide is an update to the top-selling SY0-201, SY0-301, and SY0-401 study guides, which have helped thousands of readers pass the exam the first time they took it.  It includes the same elements readers raved about in the previous three versions.

Each of the eleven chapters presents topics in an easy to understand manner and includes real-world examples of security principles in action.

You’ll understand the important and relevant security topics for the Security+ exam, without being overloaded with unnecessary details. Additionally, each chapter includes a comprehensive review section to help you focus on what’s important.



Over 300 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations will help you test your comprehension and readiness for the exam. The book includes:

  • A 75 question pre-test
  • A 75 question post-test
  • Practice test questions at the end of every chapter.

Each practice test question includes a detailed explanation to help you understand the content and the reasoning behind the question. You’ll be ready to take and pass the exam the first time you take it.

If you plan to pursue any of the advanced security certifications, this guide will also help you lay a solid foundation of security knowledge. Learn this material, and you’ll be a step ahead for other exams. This SY0-501 study guide is for any IT or security professional interested in advancing in their field, and a must-read for anyone striving to master the basics of IT security.

Kindle edition also available.

SY0-501 Objectives Now Available

CompTIA recently released more details on the SY0-501 version of the exam including the objectives.

New Objectives include Linux Commands

There are many changes, but one thing worth noting is that CompTIA will be directly testing people on their knowledge of many command line tools. For example, objective 2.2 “Given a scenario, use appropriate software tools to assess the security posture of an organization” includes this section:

Command line tools

  • ping
  • netstat
  • tracert
  • nslookup / dig
  • arp
  • ipconfig/ip/ifconfig
  • tcpdump
  • nmap
  • netcat

If you’re familiar with the command line, you probably recognize that some of these are Windows command line questions and others are Linux command line questions.

Nslookup and dig

As an example, you can use the dig and nslookup commands to query Domain Name System (DNS) servers.

Linux-based command query DNS from the Linux terminal using the dig command. The following command verifies the system can resolve the hostname gcgapremium.com to an IP address.

dig gcgapremium.com

On Windows systems, you can use nslookup instead.

nslookup gcgapremium.com

Both commands have similar purposes, but are implemented quite differently.

In contrast, the SY0-401 version of the exam doesn’t reference any command-line tools.

This is exactly why people are seeing more and more Linux command line questions on the exam.

CompTIA commonly adds beta questions for the next version of the exam in the current version. The good news is that the beta questions aren’t graded.

SY0-501 Coming in Fall of 2017

Many people have been querying me about the new Security+ exam (SY0-501). Here’s some information you might find useful:

  • The SY0-501 exam is scheduled to go live on October 4th, 2017.
  • The current version (SY0-401) will remain available until July 2018.
  • If you pass the current version, you are Security+ certified even after the new SY0-501 exam comes out.
  • You can access the new objectives from the CompTIA site.

Full Security+ Course

SY0-501 Full Security+ Course

Helping you Pass the First Time

Online access includes all of the content from the

CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide

  • Introduction
  • About the exam (including information on the number of questions, test duration, passing score, types of questions and more. Also includes a listing of the exam objectives)
  • 75 question pre-assessment exam
  • Mastering Security Basics (full content from Chapter 1 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Understanding Identity and Access Management (full content from Chapter 2 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Exploring Network Technologies and Tools (full content from Chapter 3 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Securing Your Network (full content from Chapter 4 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Securing Hosts and Data (full content from Chapter 5 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Comparing Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Common Attacks (full content from Chapter 6 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Protecting Against Advanced Attacks (full content from Chapter 7 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Using Risk Management Tools (full content from Chapter 8 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Implementing Controls to Protect Assets (full content from Chapter 9 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Understanding Cryptography and PKI (full content from Chapter 10 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • Implementing Policies to Mitigate Risks (full content from Chapter 11 of the study guide including the exam topic review and 15 practice test questions)
  • 75 question post-assessment exam
  • Glossary

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Random 75-question tests

Random practice tests from the all of the practice test questions in the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide. All questions include explanations so you'll know why the correct answers are correct, and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.

3 sets Performance-based Questions

Three new sets of performance-based questions with a total of 30 questions. These new questions use a new testing engine that includes realistic drag and drop, matching, sorting, and fill in the blank questions.

Flashcard Set

  • 494 Online Security+ Glossary Flashcards
  • 222 Online Security+ Acronyms Flashcards
  • 223 Online Security+ Remember This Slide from the popular CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide

Audio - SY0-501 Security+ Remember This Audio Files

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Audio - SY0-501 Security+ Question and Answer Audio Files

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Audio from the end of chapter reviews from each of the chapters in the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide. Over one hour and 40 minutes of additional audio.

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Access to all of the online content that is available for free to anyone that purchases the CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide. This includes labs, extra practice test questions, and supplementary materials

Bonus #3 

Access the study materials for a total of 60 days because sometimes life happens.

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Don’t Panic with Security+ Beta Questions

With all this in mind, if you come across a question on the exam that isn’t familiar at all to you, don’t panic. It may indeed be a beta question. And of course, the good news is that beta questions aren’t graded.

Master Performance Based Questions Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_1s9njlWLU

Then again, if the first 50 questions don’t look familiar, feel free to start panicking. It could be that you weren’t studying the right material and you’ll have another opportunity to take the exam in the future. With that in mind, make sure you read up on the new Security+ performance based questions before taking the exam.

Security+ Practice Test Questions

SY0-501 Practice Test Questions 

Over 300 realistic Security+ practice test questions

All questions include explanations so you'll know why the correct answers are correct,

and why the incorrect answers are incorrect.

Pass the Security+ Exam

the First Time You Take It

Multiple quiz formats to let you use these questions based on the way you learn.
  • Learn mode - randomized. View each of the questions in random order. Learn mode allows you to keep selecting answers until you select the correct answer. Once you select the correct answer, you'll see the explanation. Click here to see how learn mode works.
  • Learn mode - not randomized. View each of the questions in the same order. Use this if you want to make sure that you see all of the questions. Learn mode allows you to keep selecting answers until you select the correct answer. Once you select the correct answer, you'll see the explanation. Click here to see how learn mode works.
  • Test mode - randomized. View each of the questions in random order. In test mode, you can only see the correct answers and explanations after you complete the test. Click here to see how test mode works.
  • Test mode - not randomized. View each of the questions in the same order. In test mode, you can only see the correct answers and explanations after you complete the test. Click here to see how test mode works.
  • Test mode - 75 random questions. View 75 random questions from the full test bank similar to how the Security+ exam has a potential maximum of 75 multiple choice questions. In test mode, you can only see the correct answers and explanations after you complete the test. Click here to see how test mode works.

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 SY0-501 Practice Test Questions


INCLUDES QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU PREPARE

FOR THE NEW PERFORMANCE BASED QUESTIONS 

Bonus - Performance Based Questions

Three sets of performance-based questions including over 30 questions. These questions show you what you can expect in the live exam. They include drag and drop, matching, sorting, and fill in the blank questions. See a demo here.

Bonus - Extra Practice Test Questions

New multiple-choice questions in the extra test bank. Questions are added occasionally. You can see what has been added recently here.

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Do You Want to Play with the Linux Command Line?

Most people have Windows systems so have no trouble using them to play around with the command line. However, many people don’t have a Linux system. Here’s a solution.

Kali Linux is a free Debian-based Linux distribution you can use to experiment with command line tools and many other security tasks. If you’re taking a cybersecurity exam, you can use it to experiment with command line tools.

Here are three labs you can follow to install Kali Linux in a virtual environment and run Linux commands to see how they work.

Install VMware Workstation Player

Install Kali Linux within a VM

Run dd on Linux

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